Completely inspired by the discovery of The Elders.
In 2001 Peter Gabriel and Richard Branson took their idea of creating a 'global village' to Nelson Mandela and Grace Machel. The idea of The Elders was based on the model of traditional village elders, trusted by their people to resolve conflict within their communities. The current list of elders is remarkable. Their only agenda is that of humanity and they are free from political, economic or military pressurs.
Their purpose is to ease human suffering in the following areas:
- Offering a catalyst for the peaceful resolution of conflict.
- Seeking new appraoches to seemingly intractable global issues.
- Sharing wisdom: reaching out to grassroots Elders and to the next generation of leaders. Listening and helping to amplify voices for good all over the world.
The Elders are also involved with the 60th Anniversary this year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including renewing international interest in signing the declaration, which you can do online here. It felt like a very special thing to do.